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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Cyrano de Bergerac Review: A Stripped-Down Tragicomedy of Verbal Acrobatics by Dan Rubins

By reducing the play’s grandeur to the scope of a lightly staged radio play, words become the principal protagonist. The post <em>Cyrano de Bergerac</em> Review: A Stripped-Dow…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 09:00PM
Monday, April 11, 2022

Birthday Candles Review: Celebrating a Sentimental Life, One Year at a Time by Dan Rubins

In Birthday Candles, tragedy and trauma have been rushed off stage with the ring of another gong and another year gone. The post <em>Birthday Candles</em> Review: Celebrating a S…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 11:40AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Take Me Out Review: The Pride and Prejudice of Major League Baseball by Dan Rubins

Tragic timeliness and timelessness doesn’t make up for the scrawniness of Richard Greenberg’s play. The post <em>Take Me Out</em> Review: The Pride and Prejudice of Major Lea…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 10:00PM
Friday, March 25, 2022

Help Review: Claudia Rankine vs. Whiteness by Dan Rubins

Even if Help never entirely sheds its essayistic origins, the premise of finding poetry in personal scholarship is consistently compelling. The post <em>Help</em> Review: Claudia…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 12:22PM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

On Sugarland Review: A Reflection of Black Perseverance in a Time of Endless War by Dan Rubins

The play’s deliberate repetitions reveal how its characters rely upon the rituals they share to make meaning of a fractured world. The post <em>On Sugarland</em> Review: A Refl…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 12:25PM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Music Man Review: Till There Was Hugh by Dan Rubins

This slightly zany production sells the show’s intelligent warmth with a persuasiveness to rival Harold Hill himself. The post <em>The Music Man</em> Review: Till There Was Hug…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 08:30PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

MJ The Musical Review: Broadway’s Latest Biographical Jukebox Musical Is a Thriller by Dan Rubins

The show is massively successful at demonstrating that Jackson was an extraordinary artist putting forth extraordinary art. The post <em>MJ The Musical</em> Review: Broadway’s …

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 10:00PM
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Long Day’s Journey Into Night Review: A Classic Reimagined in a Covid Haze by Dan Rubins

Eugene O’Neill’s play isn’t about all of us, as much as this production might lean into the allure of universality. The post <em>Long Day’s Journey Into Night</em> Review…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 09:00PM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Best Theater of 2021 by Dan Rubins

The best theater of 2021 hasn’t just been a treat but a privilege to witness. The post The Best Theater of 2021 appeared first on Slant Magazine.

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 01:38PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Review: The Gender-Flipped Company Is an Imperfect but Loving Toast to a Classic by Dan Rubins

This production squarely delivers as a potent tribute to the words and music of Stephen Sondheim. The post Review: The Gender-Flipped <em>Company</em> Is an Imperfect but Loving …

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 09:00PM
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Review: The Visitor Doesn’t Recognize the Contemporary Elephant in the Room by Dan Rubins

The Visitor is ultimately about powerlessness, a fable of despair that illustrates how nothing changes if only one man does. The post Review: <em>The Visitor</em> Doesn’t Recog…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 09:00PM
Friday, September 24, 2021

2021 Tony Awards: Predicting the Likely Winners, from Slave Play to Moulin Rouge! by Dan Rubins

The 2021 Tony Awards, honoring the Broadway season that was cut short by the Covid pandemic, are all about memory. The post 2021 Tony Awards: Predicting the Likely Winners, from <em>Sl…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 03:37PM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Love and DREAMing in America: Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City at NYTW by Dan Rubins

If the play’s first half shows America as distilled dystopia, that focus only sharpens after an ambitious structural shift. The post Love and DREAMing in America: Martyna Majok’s <em&…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 06:00PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Jacob Ming-Trent Takes Center Stage in Shakespeare in the Park’s Merry Wives by Dan Rubins

Merry Wives distills what legacy we need most from Shakespeare now and what art we need most from each other. The post Jacob Ming-Trent Takes Center Stage in Shakespeare in the Park’s <…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 08:43AM
Saturday, July 17, 2021

Jackie Hoffman Shows Off Her Range in Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) by Dan Rubins

Fruma-Sarah’s slim premise isn’t quite sturdy enough to allow its more substantial aspirations to take flight. The post Jackie Hoffman Shows Off Her Range in <em>Fruma-Sarah (Waiti…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 10:34AM
Saturday, July 3, 2021

Enemy of the People Is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure for Our Climate Change Era by Dan Rubins

Enemy of the People could do more to challenge the assumption that majority votes work the way they’re supposed to. The post <em>Enemy of the People</em> Is a Choose-Your-Own-A…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 02:13PM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

José Saramago’s Blindness Takes on Heightened Meaning in Our Pandemic Age by Dan Rubins

The phantoms of 2020 resurface with shivery impact throughout. The post José Saramago’s <em>Blindness</em> Takes on Heightened Meaning in Our Pandemic Age appeared first on Sl…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 04:26PM
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Under the Radar 2021: A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call and Disclaimer by Dan Rubins

The festival is now part-streaming and part-live on a variety of platforms. The post Under the Radar 2021: <em>A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call</em> and <em>Disclai…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 03:08PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In Ivo van Hove’s Hands, West Side Story’s Actors Are Mice in a Cinematic Maze by Dan Rubins

With this version of West Side Story, van Hove seems barely interested in the show itself. The post In Ivo van Hove’s Hands, <em>West Side Story</em>’s Actors Are Mice in a C…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 08:21PM
Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse Is a Triumph of Production Over Performance by Dan Rubins

It’s hard to think of too many other productions that strive to stretch a Shakespeare play so far beyond its natural course. The post Review: <em>Hamlet</em> at St. Ann’s War…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 03:54PM
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Under the Radar 2020: The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, Not I, & More by Dan Rubins

Experiencing the festival replaces the usual sense of familiarity with a sense of wonder. The post Under the Radar 2020: <em>The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes</em>, <em…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 09:17AM
Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Best Theater of 2019 by Dan Rubins

This was the year of playwrights saying what they mean. The post The Best Theater of 2019 appeared first on Slant Magazine.

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 11:09AM
Monday, December 2, 2019

Review: The Inheritance Is a Radical, If Short-Sighted, Take on Howards End by Dan Rubins

The Inheritance’s attempt to speak for everyone muddies its ability to speak clearly to anyone. The post Review: <em>The Inheritance</em> Is a Radical, If Short-Sighted, Take o…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 08:31AM
Friday, November 22, 2019

Slave Play Review: A Searing, Satirical Takedown of White Supremacy by Dan Rubins

In the wake of Slave Play, immediate answers might sound neither comforting nor honest. The post <em>Slave Play</em> Review: A Searing, Satirical Takedown of White Supremacy appe…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 08:38PM
Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Broadbend, Arkansas and Soft Power Are a Mixed Bag of One-Acts by Dan Rubins

Two twists on the typical range of possibilities for the musical theater writing process are playing out in two recent musicals. The post Review: <em>Broadbend, Arkansas</em> and…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 12:28PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: Scotland, PA Finds Its Purpose When It Sticks to the Bard by Dan Rubins

It’s telling that the show gets its biggest laughs only after it’s turned deadly serious. The post Review: <em>Scotland, PA</em> Finds Its Purpose When It Sticks to the Bard …

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 01:23PM
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Review: Hamnet at curtainup.com by Dan Rubins

Hamnet Shakespeare, played maturely with a mix of grim optimism and snarky despair by Aran Murphy in his professional debut, has been stuck at eleven for a long, long time.

SOURCE: CurtainUp at 11:09AM

Review: Little Shop of Horrors at curtainup.om by Dan Rubins

Mayer convincingly sells Little Shop of Horrors as a near-perfect piece of musical theater writing.

SOURCE: CurtainUp at 11:07AM
Sunday, October 27, 2019

Review: Is This A Room at by Dan Rubins

As an animation of a single document, Is This A Room feels like a refreshingly innovative concept.

SOURCE: CurtainUp at 07:33AM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf at curtainup.com/ by Dan Rubins

CurtainDirector Leah C. Gardiner has crafted a production nourished by the affection shown and attention paid across this rainbowed community

SOURCE: CurtainUp at 07:34PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: Tracy Letts’s Linda Vista Doesn’t Make Enough Space for its Women by Dan Rubins

Letts trips over the line between objectifying women and satirizing the objectification of women. The post Review: Tracy Letts’s <em>Linda Vista</em> Doesn’t Make Enough Spac…

SOURCE: Slant Magazine at 02:07PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards